PHOTO: The image that sums up Liverpool's troubles at the back


Chelsea's first goal at Anfield should bring shame to the Reds' defenders.

A bad week for Liverpool could actually have been a lot worse.

A 1-0 defeat at European champions Real Madrid and 2-1 reverse to unbeaten Premier League leaders Chelsea is something every team in the world would probably have succumbed to.

For, statistically, Chelsea are the form team of European football right now. And even Barcelona could do nothing to stop Madrid.

But Liverpool still stung themselves in the foot against Jose Mourinho's Blues - mainly with their defending.

Once again, it appears Brendan Rodgers and his coaching staff must simply go for lunch every time Liverpool practice set-pieces in training, as the first Chelsea goal was a thing of horror defensively.

As the above image shows, only two defenders were between the goal and a pack of no less than four Blue shirts. Steven Gerrard was on the line, while Glen Johnson - who impressed during the first half - was challenging John Terry (albeit badly).

And where on earth was everyone else apart from goalkeeper Simon Mignolet?

One wonders whether Kolo Toure's inclusion could have made a big difference. The Ivorian had only just produced a stunning performance against, you know, arguably the world's best player in Cristiano Ronaldo. Of course, Liverpool's defensive problems go much deeper than that, though, and Chelsea exposed them once again on Saturday.

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